Snow Patrol

Formed 1994.
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Snow Patrol 2012 clips

Clips from Snow Patrol's 2012 T in the Park headline set.

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Biography

Snow Patrol are a Scottish alternative rock band formed at the University of Dundee in 1994. The group comprises four Northern Irish members; Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Quinn (drums), Johnny McDaid (piano, guitar, backing vocals), and Scottish member Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals). Initially an indie rock band, their first three records, the EP Starfighter Pilot (1997), and the studio albums Songs for Polarbears (1998) and When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001), were commercially unsuccessful and were released by the independent labels Electric Honey and Jeepster. The band signed on to the major record label Polydor Records in 2002.

Snow Patrol rose to national fame with their major label debut, Final Straw, in 2003. The album was certified 5× platinum in the UK and eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album, Eyes Open (2006), and its hit single, "Chasing Cars", propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Album Charts and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. In 2008, the band released their fifth studio album, A Hundred Million Suns; then, in 2009, they released their first compilation album, Up to Now; and, in 2011, released their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Fallen Empires

    Fallen Empires 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Haydock
    A sixth album that leans on U2 for inspiration, but ultimately finds its own footing.
  2. Review of Up to Now

    Up to Now 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Their story should be a lesson to fledgling bands: success is rarely immediate.
  3. Review of A Hundred Million Suns

    A Hundred Million Suns 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    A Hundred Million Suns is so close to being brilliant